Buddha bowls—light, healthy meals comprised of a whole grain, lots of vegetables, a healthful protein source, and a flavorful sauce—are all the rage. This bowl combines the star nutrition power of whole grain sorghum and beans with cool green veggies, such as arugula, avocados, cucumbers, asparagus, and pumpkin seeds. Plus, it’s topped with a house-made, plant-based Green Goddess Dressing that is as tasty as it is pretty.

Green Goddess Buddha Bowl

Per serving: 393 calories, 9 g total fat (1 g saturated fat), 69 g carbohydrate, 18 g protein, 18 g fiber, 20 mg sodium. Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

Buddha Bowl:

  • 2 cups cooked whole grain sorghum cooled
  • 1 15.5-oz. can white beans (i.e., Great Northern, cannellini)
  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus trimmed, sliced
  • 4 cups packed baby arugula leaves
  • 1 medium avocado sliced
  • 1 medium cucumber sliced
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

Green Goddess Dressing:

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. plain unsweetened plant-based milk (i.e., soy, almond, coconut)
  • 1/4 ripe large avocado peeled, sliced
  • 1/4 cup diced cucumber with peel
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh herbs i.e., dill, parsley, oregano, basil, thyme, cilantro
  • 1 stalk green onion white and green parts, diced
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • Pinch white pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice freshly squeezed

Instructions

  1. Cook whole grain sorghum to make 2 cups, according to package directions, and cool, draining any remaining liquid.
  2. Assemble dressing by placing all of the dressing ingredients into the container of a small blender and process until smooth.
  3. Rinse and drain white beans and set aside.
  4. Blanch asparagus by cooking it in boiling water for 3-4 minutes, until tender, but bright green; set aside.
  5. Arrange 1 cup arugula leaves at the bottom of each large, individual serving bowl (4).
  6. Arrange over the arugula leaves in each bowl (4):
  7. 1/4 of the white beans (about 1/2 cup)
  8. 1/2 cup cooked, cooled sorghum
  9. 1/4 sliced avocado
  10. 1/4 of the cucumber slices (about 1/2 cup)
  11. 1/4 of the blanched, cooled asparagus
  12. A dollop (about 2 tablespoons) of Green Goddess Dressing (see below)
  13. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
  14. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Makes 4 meals.

About the Author

Sharon Palmer, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian™, is an award-winning food and nutrition expert, journalist, and editor. She is author of The Plant-Powered Diet: The Lifelong Eating Plan for Achieving Health, Beginning Today (The Experiment, 2012) and Plant-Powered for Life: Eat Your Way to Lasting Health with 52 Simple Steps & 125 Delicious Recipes(The Experiment, 2014). She blogs daily at The Plant-Powered Dietitian, and publishes her monthly The Plant-Powered Newsletter. Living in the chaparral hills overlooking Los Angeles with her husband and two sons, Sharon enjoys visiting her local farmers market, gardening, and cooking for friends and family.

Co-sponsored by United Sorghum Checkoff and American Pulse Association

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